On C-SPAN's "The Communicators" program on Friday, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who is looking to become the Energy and Commerce chairman, restated his intention to work with colleagues on moving privacy legislation, Nextgov reports. "Privacy is one of those issues gaining in importance," Barton said. "It's something that could be addressed if we could get the right coalition. As chairman, I would be very, very willing to legislate in that area." Barton also indicated that the committee would look into Google's collection of data from unsecured WiFi networks, a matter that the Federal Trade Commission investigated and closed without action last month. Editor's note: Privacy Tracker subscribers, on last week's call, Jim Halpert of DLA Piper discussed the impacts of Tuesday's election on privacy legislation. A recording of the call is available here.
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